NJSBA mourns the death of Justice Marie Garibaldi; justice left tremendous legacy in New Jersey


For Immediate  Release 
January 15, 2016

Contact: Kate Coscarelli
Senior Managing Director Communications

Justice Marie Garibaldi served as president of the New Jersey State Bar Association from May 1982 to November 1982, when she joined the Court.

"The New Jersey State Bar Association and the entire legal community mourn the passing of Justice Marie Garibaldi. Her legacy is profound. As the the first woman to serve as president of our organization, the first woman to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court, as the author of 225 opinions on issues that touch the foundations of our lives from the rights of women to freedom of the press to the death penalty, Justice Garibaldi leaves this state richer for her grace and her lifelong dedication to the fair administration of justice," said NJSBA President Miles S. Winder.

"On behalf of the New Jersey Bar Foundation, we mourn the passing of Marie L. Garibaldi, a trailblazer and iconic figure in the history of New Jersey law and a good friend to both the Foundation and the New Jersey State Bar Association.  Her bountiful legal legacy includes becoming not only the first woman president of the Association but notably the first woman Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.  She was passionate about the work of the Bar Foundation and was a consistently strong supporter of our mission to educate the public about the law.  To that end, she was the impetus behind the creation of the Foundation’s award-winning Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition. Throughout her decades of service to the bar and the bench, she earned our admiration and respect, culminating in the Foundation’s awarding her the Medal of Honor. We will miss her energy and dedication to the law and extend our sincere sympathy to her family, friends and colleagues," said Foundation President Steven M. Richman.  

Garibaldi's term resulted in the advancement of women in the association in leadership positions, establishment of the NJSBA’s Resource Center for Law Office Management, the Bar Foundation Mock Trial program and a special task force to investigate alternative dispute resolution.